Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Posted Aug 31st - 7:00am
Pope Francis is showing his profound concern for refugees by assuming direct responsibility for migrant issues in a new Vatican department that merges four Vatican offices into one handling peace, the environment and human trafficking issues.
Mother Teresa is known for having loved beggars, prostitutes and street children without discrimination or distinction. Marcilio Andrino is convinced she also loved him — and interceded with God to cure him of a viral brain infection when doctors had given him little chance of survival.
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Posted Aug 31st - 4:20am
When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, he'll be honoring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the "poorest of the poor." He'll also be recognizing holiness in a woman who felt so abandoned by God that she was unable to pray and was convinced, despite her ever-present smile, that she was experiencing the "tortures of hell."
Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | Posted Aug 30th - 11:20pm
As Barack Obama's presidency nears its end, Indonesians still speak with pride of the childhood years he spent in their country, though much of the enthusiasm has faded along with the impossibly high expectations of what the first African-American president would achieve.
Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | Posted Aug 30th - 8:01pm
The son of evangelist Billy Graham urged a gathering on the historic Boston Common on Tuesday to vote in the November election but stressed he was taking no sides publicly in the U.S. presidential race.
Maggie Michael, Associated Press | Posted Aug 30th - 4:21pm
Egypt's lawmakers on Tuesday passed the country's first law spelling out the rules for building a church, a step Christians have long hoped would free up construction that was often blocked by authorities. But angry critics in the community say the law will only enshrine the restrictions.
Ken Ritter, Associated Press | Posted Aug 30th - 3:32pm
A 24-year-old Las Vegas man who police say posed in battlefield gear and assault weapons for an internet video saying he intended to shoot "Satanists" and "homosexuals" is due to face a judge this week on terror threat and conspiracy charges.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Myanmar on Tuesday that the world is very concerned about the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who have been living for more than four years in camps in northern Rakhine state after fleeing violence from the Buddhist majority.
The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana's religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs.
A judge on Tuesday ordered that El Salvador's former attorney general remain in jail on new charges that he divulged intercepted telephone conversations while prosecuting a Roman Catholic priest from Spain in 2014.
Polygamous sect members accused of food stamp fraud may testify at an upcoming hearing in an attempt to persuade a judge they were following religiously rooted communal living practices and not breaking the law.
Kim Chandler, Associated Press | Posted Aug 30th - 3:01pm
A Christian woman in Alabama was forced to remove her headscarf for a driver's license photo after being told only Muslim women could wear them in photos, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama on her behalf.